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CEO of California’s Pacific Gas and Electric utility and Ford Motor Co. board member Tony Earley is interested in finding ways to convert gasoline vehicles to electric— particularly light duty pick-up trucks. Earley, who has been collaborating with colleagues and employees at Ford and General Motors on the effort, said at a press conference after […]

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Consumer Reports recently announced that two alternative-fuel offerings have been rated best in their respective classes after a recent round of testing. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel scored 82 points in CR‘s hands, helped mainly by the diesel’s impressive 20 mpg combined and 27 mpg highway observed during the test. Previous winners included the regular Ram […]

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When General Motors announced last week details on the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickups, notably absent was any mention of the hybrid models of the Sierra and Silverado. Speculation that GM would take the hybrids out of the lineup – though still available as 2013 models – surfaced in late summer. […]

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> Subscribe to the HybridCars.com Market Dashboard The HybridCars.com monthly sales dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. Coming off near-record levels in March, the hybrid market took a nosedive in April. With gas prices soaring, […]

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> Subscribe to the HybridCars.com Market Dashboard The HybridCars.com monthly sales dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. Hybrid sales leapt higher in March, growing by nearly 50 percent compared to February and compared to last […]

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Subscribe to the HybridCars.com Market Dashboard The HybridCars.com monthly sales dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. Renewed consumer interest in buying cars and a jump in gas prices combined to revive hybrid sales in February. […]

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> Subscribe to the HybridCars.com Market Dashboard The HybridCars.com monthly sales dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. Sales of hybrid gas-electric cars started off 2011 with gains of 12 percent compared to a year ago. […]

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> Subscribe to the HybridCars.com Market Dashboard As we reported a few days ago, hybrid car sales made a slight increase in November compared to a year ago—while the overall auto market jumped by nearly 17 percent. Yet, the real story of the current hybrid market points to the success or failure of individual models, […]

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> Subscribe to the HybridCars.com Market Dashboard In one sense, July hybrid sales look dismal—falling by 33 percent compared to one year ago while the overall vehicle market increased by 5 percent. But an annual comparison is hardly helpful, because last July we were in the heat of the Cash for Clunkers program. the Toyota […]

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The full-size American pickup is perhaps the most utilitarian vehicle on the market. Now that most “lifestyle buyers” have left the segment—meaning fewer 110-pound soccer moms toting 60-pound kids in these 18-foot-long behemoths—the remaining truck buyers value capability above all else. So GM made sure the first pickup trucks that use its Two-Mode Hybrid system […]

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